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and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". katty: this iss america. the heartbreak of daylight following airstrikes at night. palestinians hold funerals for those lost in a deadly cycle exhausting people on both sides. the u.s. top general in afghanistan tells the bbc he expects violence to increase in coming months as nato pulls out its troops. >> some risks to the future of afghanistan. we are watching what the taliban will do. the expectation is they will pick up violence. >> it is so good to see you. katty: they have had to wait
over a year. the first hug between a mother and daughter as covid restrictions ease in britain. ♪ katty: welcome to world news america. the biden administration says it has been involved in diplomatic efforts to end the violence between israel and palestinians. thu.s. has again blocked a u.n. statement calling for a cease-fire. palestinian militants are launching rocket attacks into israel as the fighting continues . jeremy has this report. it contains disturbing images. jeremy: nightmares come true and gaza for parents and their children. this mother could not talk about
the airstrike that engulfed them . an eight-year-old and his mother are at the main hospital. most of -- her son trembles when he hears the attacks. his father was paralyzed, his friend who went with them is dead. >>'s friend was killed. when he was dying, he was clutching son, telling him not to leave him alone. he died. when my son has a fever, he hallucinates. jeremy: 61 children in gaza have been killed in the last week. about 20 miles north is this synagogue. it was hit by a hamas rocket.
it was the festival of the feast of weeks, usually a celebration. >> we are always under a bombing. i hope it will finish fast. jeremy: in jerusalem, this plaza was almost deserted. it is usually packed on religious holidays, but some worshipers said people were scared to go out. the great dome of this mosque is one of the most sacred places for muslims. you can see how close it is to the wall. both shrines are built on the sides of the -- most of the -- both shrines are built on the sides of the ancient temple. the events of the last week have shown a couple of things.
the power of jerusalem to ignite this conflict and hamas has sent a strong message to palestinians that as far as they are concerned, they are the real protectors here in the holy city, even though hamas hq is 60 or 70 miles away in gaza. our gaza producer filmed hi drive to work. you can see the bomb sites. if palestinians and israelis could be equally safe and secure, they might have a chance of peace. right now, they do not. katty: reports are the rocket attacks are happening again. there does not seem to be much urgency on either side to end the fighting. as u.s. led nato forces pull out of afghanistan, scott miller has told the bbc they are focused on
the forces and the rk to the future of afghanistan. violencey the taliban and other groups escalates. our correspondent h the resort -- has the report. >> still here after nearly 20 years of war. they will all be home before the anniversary of the september 11 attacks in the u.s. that brought them to afghanistan. the soldier in the middle of it all, general scott miller, tasked with ending america's longest war. the longest serving general in this fight against the taliban. other nato armies are drawing down with them. 16 of them based here in northern afghanistan. they will soon hand over completely to afghan forces. these very last month matter. >> it is the risk to our forces,
a risk to the future of afghanistan. we are watching closely what the taliban will do, but the expectation is they will pick up violence. >> but the afghan forces are not ready. they need you. we s that in one battle after another. >> they have the capabilities. we are still in the position where we are able to support afghan security forces. >> in is a massive maneuver just to move out. the largest u.s. base, just north of kabul, the most powerful army gets smaller by the day. this is what packing up looks like after 20 years. deciding what will be shipped out, what will be handed over to afghan forces, and what will be destroyed. for afghans, the main concern is the country they are leaving behind with rising and horrific
violence. they are still counting the dead at this high school in kabul. more than 200 killed or injured in last week's triple bombing. most of them girls. some survivors return, hard as that is. no group says this is its work, targeting schoolgirls in this minority community. [screaming] >> today, anger boils over and a politician shows up. you say you will protect us now. why didn't you protect us before? she lost her little sister. gestures like this do not work anymore. her strength is a symbol of what has changed in two decades and what many fear could be at risk once foreign forces leave. >> did you fail? >> history is going to write the
story. the objectives that we set out, they will be evaluated and i think we need to take an honest look at the things we did not do as well as we wanted to, certainly there were victories along the way. the future will tell the rest of the story. >> one of the last to be buried from the school attack, a last goodbye. at 23-year-old rights his fiancee's w -- writes his fiancee's name on her tombstone. his future is uncertain. so too, for so many afghans. katty: let's go live to kabul. thank you for your reporting. how are the u.s. forces that are
pulling out feeling about it? i heard ambivalent in your interview with the general. >> as president biden, the commander-in-chief said, there is no right time to leave,ut after 20 years and four american presidents, it was time to go. when you speak to the generals, they are just taking orders. general miller was clear on that. afghan security chiefs would say if they had a bit more time, a bit more training, if they were able to work on their air force, train more pilots, they might be in a better position. that is true, but we are where we are. the message from general miller was even as we are drawing down in retroade, we are going to support the afghan security forces and there are discusses in washington about how to help them over the horizon from a
third country with training and airstrikes. katty: they are going to keep some cia. there will be some operatives working there. the rest will be done with drones and airstrikes. how helpful is that to the afghan security forces? >> there is a big question and conflicting reports over what happens to the military contractors. there are tens of thousand contractors. there are discussions about -- they are crucial in maintaining the afghan air force, which is in development. they are clear they have been depending on american contractors to maintain those aircraft and will need help going forward. there are all of these nuts and bolts that can make the difference between success and failure in one battle after another. every kind of asset they can
bring to the fight will help in the eyes of the afghan security forces because we are eecting that fight to intensify. that was also the message from general miller. katty: thank you so much. a look at other news around the world. the u.s. supreme court has agreed to hear a case -- let's move on to portugal, bracing for an influx of international travels now that covid restrictions have been lifted and parts of europe. in the u.k., the price of flights has shot up. tourists need to provide a negative test but they do not have to quarantine when they arrive. our correspondent reports. >> the biggest theme park has looked like a ghost town, with no visitors allowed. it has felt like a recurring nightmare. they are getting ready to open again. making sure the place is clean
and safe as they welcome back their favorite tourists. over the past decade, 90% of the customers have been british. this new mom has struggled to keep her business afloat over the past year. >> we have a baby and it is very difficult. me and my husband work in the same company. it is difficult. >> did you think you might lose your business? >> yes. of course. we have been closed since last summer. >> half of all foreign visitors are from the u.k., spending half a billion pounds in a good year. when that financial tap was turned off, it hit them hard. the return of british tourists along this coastline will not change the fortunes of the people overnight, but it is a boost to individual businesses
and people's spirits, giving hope that the tourism sector has weathered the covid storm. portuguese businesses are hoping they can make them most of being on the uk's green list for travel. spain, greece, and italy are not. >> positive for portugal. i feel sorry for other countries. probably we took different measures that we are getting the result, a positive result out of it. this is good for portugal. i hope everybody will take advantage out of it. >> restaurants will fill once again, even though the state of covid alert has been extended t the end of the month. after a big surge of cases at the start of the world, portugal has made great progress and is set to reap the rewards, offering a taste of all that we have missed. katty: looks good, doesn't it?
we will have that story about the u.s. supreme court which has agreed to hear a case that could overturn its position on abortion. it will decide to uphold a mississippi statute banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. a severe cyclone has hit india, killing at least 12, causing the evacuation of more than 10,000. mumbai airport was closed as wins were gusting up to 115 miles per hour. the cyclone comes amid a second covid 19 wave that has overwhelmed the health care system. long working hours are killing hundreds of thousands of people a year. the first study of its kind suggests three quarters of a million people died in 2016 from stroke and heart disease because of long hours. that is working more than 55 hours a week. people living in southeast asia
and the western pacific region were the most affected. still to come. embracing the simple joys of life as covid restrictions sees in the u.k. we have the story of a mother and daughter and their long-delayed hug. authorities in taiwan has imposed the toughest restrictions to battle a spike in covid cases. its president has urged the public not to panic buy and urged people to work and study from home. >> the central government has put taipei city and taipei city under a lel -- and new taipei city under a level one alert. all public venues like libraries, swimming pools, movie
theaters, are closed. people are allowed to go to work and go to school. today, taipei and new taipei city's mayor said they are going to suspend school from high school downward starting tomorrow because they are concerned about the number of cases. they are taking an extra step that the central government has not mandated. ♪ katty: let's return to our top story. the second week of violence between israel and palestinians. joining me now, a visiting fellow. she served as an advisor to the palestinian negotiating team in their bid for human membership. thank you for joining the program. it looks as either -- neither hamas or netyahu's government
wants to find a fast way out of this conflict. is that what it looks like to you? >> the israeli side is in no hurry to wrap things up. it is still seeing rockets applying and -- rockets flying and wants to say it has neutralized hamas capabilities. on hamas' side, they have won in a large degree because they have asserted themselves as the guardians of jerusalem. that is how this latest episode began, which was with israel's attempt to restrict palestinian access to their holy sites, access to areas where palestinians congregate and even attempting to forcibly displaced palestinians in east jerusalem,
palestinians who had been displaced already in 1948, when the state of israel was established. that was the root cause. katty: does the amount of destruction in gaza from the israeli side, does it do anything to diminish support for hamas within gaza city or not? >> definitely the provocations during the holy month of ramadan on one of the holiest nights of ramadan was a rallying point for all palestinians and arabs and muslims worldwide. in that sense, a lot of people feel like they are needed -- there needed to be a response inside the occupied territories. that is why you see, in
jerusalem, in the mosque, you see hamas flags and this rhoric that is pro-hamas, where you had not seen that before. that could have been avoided if we had not seen what we saw during the last couple of weeks in jerusalem. i think you note -- go ahead. katty: what do you make of the united states voing a call for the cease-fire at the un security council. it looks like biden is not prepared to use the leverage he has over the israeli government. why not? >> it is difficult to understand. if you think about the last couple of weeks, at any point, the administration could have called out israel and said stop your provocative activities in jerusalem, stop the evictions,
the forced displacement of palestinian families. the administration chose to talk about what was happening in jerusalem and you hear from president biden, things like wanting sustained calm. you hear secretary blinken talk about ending violence. you do not hear explicit language about a cease-fire. in the security council, even a statement calling for a cease-fire was blocked by the u.s. it is hard to square this idea the u.s. wants to see an end to the violence when it will not support a simple cease-fire statement from the un security council. katty: right. thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you. katty: president biden announced his administration is sending 20
million vaccine doses to countries struggling to fight the pandemic. the decision is the first tangible sign that america has jabs to share. most recently, people 12 and older are clear to get the pfizer vaccine. bbc went to a vaccination site in virginia to see the excitement and concerns of close. >> i am getting the shot. i am excited. >> really nervous. >> i don't like needles. >> you are going to do great. ♪ >> that's it? >> that's it. >> i just felt a pinch. >> i just got my first covid shot vaccine. it is exciting i was one of the
first kids my age to be able to get the vaccine. ♪ >> i find it helpful to squeeze him. >> not having to wear a mask. >> not cooped up in my room. >> to be able to ride bikes and sit close to my friends. >> go back to school. i am planning on going back to school monday. >> happy that it's over? >> yes. >> looking forward to the next one? >> no. >> its important people take the vaccine so we can all advanced together. katty: covid restrictions have been eased across britain. people can go indoors, even to
pubs, even hug. here is jon kay. >> finally, the dave is has been -- finally, the day viv has been dreaming of. >> it is exciting, very emotional. >> viv has spent the pandemic on the nhs frontline. we filmed her in february when she was exhausted and missing her kids. >> i am a hugger. i cannot wait to hug my family. >> double vaccinated, today is the day. >> the only person i have hugged in the last six months is my husband. this is going to be -- wow.
i cannot wait to see my mom, give her a hug. >> waiting, her daughter teresa. she also works for the nhs and has had both jabs. >> you missed that contact. i am not an overly hugging person, just when it comes to my mom. she is my best friend. i just need to hug my mom. >> oh. oh, baby, it is so good to see you and cuddle you. >> i am crying. it has been a while. >> it is so exciting. awesome. it is lovely to be able to do that connection. very good. it will take a bit of getting used to. >> they are still being cautious, only hugging one another and only outside.
maybe social distance makes the heart grow fonder. katty: so nice. narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... narrator: financial services firm, raymond james. narrator: funding was also provided by, the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. ♪ ♪ narrator: you're watching pbs. ♪ da-da-da-duh-da-da-da♪ ♪ da-da-da-da-da-da ♪♪
captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> nawaz: good evening, i'm amna nawaz. judy woodruff is away. on the newshour tonight, no end in sight-- as rockets continue to fly into israel, israelis hammer gaza with heavy air strikes, targeting militant tunnels and homes of hamas commanders. then, the longest war-- we talk tohe president of afghanistan, ashraf ghani, as u.s. troops leave his country and violence escalates >> if taliban want peace, en it has to be a peace that respects the gains of the citizens of afghanistan and among them, first and foremost, women. >> nawaz: and, masking questions: americans are divided on whether or not to flow new c.d.c. guidance, relaxing mask